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#1 Sailjunkie

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 11:45 PM

Over the years, I have associated the Okanagan Valley with sunshine, warm temperatures and fresh fruit, and in more recent years, award-winning vineyards and wineries.  But I would never have associated the Okanagan with cattle ranching.

 

During our most recent trip to the Okanagan, we visited the O’keefe ranch.  Located just outside of Vernon, the ranch was founded in 1867, by Cornelius O’keefe. 

 

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By 1900, the ranch had grown to 12,000 acres, raising cattle and sheep, while growing wheat.  The ranch was self-contained, including a residence, church and a general store.

 

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In addition to happy times, there was also some sadness, as loved ones passed away, sometimes in the prime of life.

 

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Eventually, the decline of the beef market and the growing popularity of Okanagan fruit led O’keefe to sell most of his holdings.  The ranch continued operating until 1967, when the family opened it to the public as a heritage site, run by the family. 

 

In 1977, the ranch was sold to a non-profit foundation, which gave the ranch to the City of Vernon.  Today, the ranch is operated by a non-profit society on behalf of the City and is open from May to October every year.

 

We quickly learned that two hours is not enough time to see all of the ranch.  However, it was more than enough time to appreciate Cornelius Okeefe’s remarkable achievement.

 

Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)

 


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 12:55 AM

Great series Mark.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:49 AM

Very nice documentary, well done.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 12:08 PM

Very nice series, Mark and thanks for the history lesson as well!


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Posted 16 August 2018 - 04:52 AM

Nice series,  i did notice that Cornelius had  thing for younger women,  that dude was 41 years older than his wife.  


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Posted 16 August 2018 - 12:28 PM

Thanks very much, for the kind words, everyone.  :)


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Posted 21 August 2018 - 10:31 AM

Great series, Mark...


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Posted 21 August 2018 - 12:30 PM

Great series, Mark...

 

Thank you, Robin.  :)


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Posted 24 August 2018 - 03:48 PM

Outstanding group of  photos Mark! Very well done.


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Posted 25 August 2018 - 12:45 PM

Outstanding group of  photos Mark! Very well done.

 

Thanks, Ron.  :)


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